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How to Knit a YO Increase

Learning how to knit a yarn over increase is easy with this quick video tutorial. Give it a try, and you'll be lacing in no time!

Updated April 12, 2018
How to Knit a YO Increase
How to Knit a YO Increase
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One of the easiest increases in knitting is the yarn over, often abbreviated in knitting patterns as (YO). In this video, you'll learn how to do the yarn over as well as how it will affect the fabric.

This type of increase works by adding an extra stitch anywhere in the row so that when you go over those stitch in the subsequent row, the knitting will skip that stitch, creating a kind of hole in the fabric.

The holes that are created by YOs are often used as decorative elements depending on where you place them and how you work them. If you've ever wanted to try lace knitting, the yarn over stitch is an essential stitch to learn. Don't be intimidated, it's really simple to master. YO increases are extremely versatile, so be sure to watch the full video to learn how to incorporate this easy technique into your next knitting project.

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Materials List

  • Yarn
  • Knitting Needles

Instructions

  1. Work your pattern up to the point where it calls for a yarn over.

  2. Take your working yarn towards you and wrap it up and over your working needle.

  3. This will create another loop for you to knit through in the next row that is independent of the stitches in the previous rows.

    Note: In stockinette, most yarn overs are done on a RS row because purling through the yarn over in the next row will help it lay nice and flat.

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Wow this is really interesting! I've never tried this type of decrease before, but it seems pretty simple. I didn't have my needles with me to follow along, but I'm definitely going to give it a shot soon!

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